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Full text of "Navy and Marine Corps Medical News January 2009"

NAVY MEDICINE 

World Class Care. ., Anytime, Ajiywhere 



Issue 1 
January 16, 2009 

Inside this Issue: 



AdmiraFs Call by the Surgeon Gen- 2 
eral of the U.S. Navy 
Vice Admiral Adam. M. 



The Tri-Service Regional 
Standardization Program-Clinically 
Focused 



Wounded Warriors, Other Gates 
Priorities to Continue in Next 
Administration 




Seabees Provide Medical 
Assistance in Romania 



USS Abraham Lincoln Assists in 
Medevac At Sea 



Navy Medicine Continues to 
Attract Diverse and Talented Medi 
cal Professionals 




Navy Medicine West Welcomes 
First Babies in 2009 



Item of Interest: 



Inauguration of President-elect 
Barack Obama, the 44th President , 
of the United States of America. I 

President-elect Barack Obama will be 
inaugurated as our nation's 44th Presi- 
dent Tuesday, Jan. 20. This is also the 
birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. 
President-elect Obama will take the 
oath of the office of the President at 12 
p.m.. Due to this event, all Federal 
offices in Washington, D.C., and in 
some locations in the nearby surround- 
ing areas, will be closed and the day 
declared a holiday for personnel. Also, 
Martine Luther King's Birthday is ob- 
served as a Federal holiday Monday, 
Jan. 19 and all offices will be closed. 



Navy and Marine 
Corps Medical News 

A Public Affairs Publication of the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery 

Chaplains Offer New Suicide Prevention 
Training 



By Mass Communication Specialist 
2nd Class (SW/ AW) Marc Rockwell- 
Pate, Commander, Navy Region 
Europe Public Affairs 

NAPLES, Italy - Navy chaplains 
across the Europe, Africa, South- 
west Asia region are now offering a 
special suicide prevention progrann 
to help address the concerns Navy 
and Marine Corps leadership have 
regarding one of their top priorities 
- suicide prevention. 

Along with the Navy's Life Skills/ 
Health promotions nnandatory an- 
nual suicide prevention training, 
region chaplains are providing ser- 
vice nriembers and their dependents 
with the Applied Suicide Interven- 
tion Skills Training (AS! ST) pro- 
grann. 

"Suicide is one of the most un- 



derestimated problems in our cul- 
ture," said Lt. Jason Hefner, the 
lead AS! ST instructor in the region. 
"It is the third leading cause of 
death for 17-24 year olds in the 
U.S. and the tenth leading cause of 
death for all age groups." 

Hefner added the AS! ST pro- 
gram is a great addition to the mili- 
tary's annual training and will pro- 
vide a new set of prevention tools 
to service members. 

"The AS! ST program provides 
everyday people with the perspec- 
tive and skills to empower them to 
provide effective care for others," 
said Hefner. 

AS! ST was developed by Living- 
Works Education, Inc. and is de- 



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WASHINGTON - Vice Adm. Adam M. Robinson, Jr., the Surgeon General of the Navy, hosted 
the JVIartin Luther King J r. Birthday Observance ceremony at the Bureau of Medicine and Sur- 
gery (BUMED) on Jan. 12. During the ceremony, the Surgeon General gave a moving and 
heartfelt speech expressing the deep impact King continues to have on civil rights and on the 
lives of all Americans. A cake cutting ceremony marked the conclusion of the event. U.S. Navy 
photo provided by the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery Public Affairs Office 



Admirars Call by the Surgeon General of the U.S. Navy 
Vice Admiral Adam. M. Robinson, Jr. 

Diversity 



Because people are 
Navy Medicine's most 
valuable asset, rm committed 
to the goal that Navy Medicine will 
maintain the right workforce to de- 
liver medical capabilities across the 
full range of military operations. 
We will achieve this goal through 
the appropriate mix of accession, 
retention, education, and training 
incentives. 

If Navy Medicine is to be fully 
successful, we must constantly 
strive to attract and retain the best 
people from all walks of life. If we 
expect to keep the talent we re- 
cruit, we must communicate and 
embrace the concepts of diversity 
to meet the professional aspirations 
of all our personnel. Diversity must 
become part of the everyday cul- 
ture of Navy Medicine. We must 
continue to create an environment 
wherein we attract the highest level 
of health care professionals by pro- 
viding appealing job incentives -- 
meaningful and challenging assign- 
ments, opportunities for profes- 
sional growth, advanced educa- 
tional and research opportunities. 



and options for family stability and 
a long term career. 

To that end. Navy Medicine is a 
role model of diversity because we 
have focused on aligning ethnic and 
gender representation throughout 
the ranks to reflect our great na- 
tion's population. We have had 
many successes since our inception, 
including the establishment of the 
Navy Nurse Corps (all women) in 
1908, and most recently, with the 
appointment of the Navy's first Afri- 
can-American Surgeon General in 
2007. 

Not only are we setting the ex- 
ample of a diverse, robust, innova- 
tive, and dedicated health care 
work force, but this diversity also 
reflects the people for whom we 
care. As the medical providers for 
the warfighters of our great nation, 
we answer the call to provide medi- 
cal care to our sailors and Marines, 
soldiers, airmen, and members of 
the Coast Guard. On the home 
front and overseas, we also take 
care of their families, our retirees, 
and our personnel. Whenever and 
wherever the injured and ill call to 
us for medical care, we will be there 




to take care of them. 

Navy Medicine's Diversity Pro- 
gram promotes the message that 
we are the employer of choice for 
those individuals committed to a 
culturally competent health care 
organization. We offer a high qual- 
ity work-life environment where our 
diverse workforce see themselves 
represented at all levels of leader- 
ship. 

Our leaders support professional 
environments promoting inclusion, 
inviting different points of view. 



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WASHINGTON - Chief Navy Career Counselor John Frierson, 
left, Chief Navy Career Counselor Keith Eubanks, Senior Chief 
Electronics Technician Freeland Peterson, Navy Career Counselor 
1st Class Joshua Vinson, Engineman 1st Class Conrad Sabal, 
Chief Hospital Corpsman Edward Dimagiba and Navy Career 
Counselor 1st Class Jose Lopez, some of the selected 2008 Re- 
cruiters of the Year, pose in front of the I wo J ima Memorial in 
Washington Jan. 7. Navy Recruiting Command hosts its ROY 
awards program annually in Washington. The program includes 
meetings with senior Navy leadership, various dignitaries and 
visits to national historical sites. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Com- 
munication Specialist 3rd Class Michael Russell 




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PANAMA CITY, Panama - Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Joe Davies, top left, observes 
Panamanian National Air and Maritime Service personnel during a Southern Partnership 
Station mass casualty training exercise Dec. 22, 2008. Southern Partnership Station is 
a training mission to Central America, South America and the Caribbean Basin. U.S. 
Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Daniel Ball 



The Tri-Service Regional Standardization Program-Clinically 
Focused 



By Kevin Hill, RN, MSN, MBA/ HCM and Dr. Susan Fergu- 
son, DM, Tri-Service Regional Standardization Program 

LOS ANGELES - Behind the scenes within Military 
Treatnnent Facilities, the DoD Tri-Service Regional Stan- 
dardization Program continues to contribute to quality 
patient care, innproved medical readiness, and a 
healthy force by utilizing a clinically focused process. 
This process engages the input of doctors, nurses, den- 
tists, and healthcare technologist in selecting quality 
medical products. 

The goal of the Tri-Service Regional Standardization 
Program is to select quality medical supplies while ob- 
taining volume discount pricing for participating facili- 
ties within each DoD region. To date, this program has 
standardized over 100 product groups, and has cost 
avoided over $100 million in supply expenses DoD-wide 
over the last decade. 

"The success of this program lies in the active par- 
ticipation of all clinicians in each region," said. Air Force 
Major Corey Munro, Pharmacist and Chief, Tri-Service 
Regional Business Office, Central Region. "To provide 

Chaplains continued... 



the best quality patient care, all clinical staff must engage 
and be aware of the goals of the Military Health System," 
said Munro. 

The clinical staffs of each standardization region de- 
velop and validate the technical and clinical criteria for the 
specific product line under consideration. This criterion is 
used to assess and evaluate individual products for stan- 
dardization. Clinical choice, based on the established crite- 
rion, is one of the major determining factors for selecting 
standardized products and represents the hall mark of this 
clinically focused process. 

Navy Lieutenant Robert Morrison, Supply Officer at Na- 
val Hospital Guam stated, "To support our clinicians and to 
provide patient centered service, our team works with the 
standardization program, which offers our command im- 
proved procurement practices, more efficient supply sys- 
tems, and a cost savings for the selected products." 

One of the key advantages of this program is that it 
gives the clinicians an opportunity to support evidenced 
based medicine. By clinically evaluating medical products, 
DoD clinicians are treating their patients with the best 
products for the best price! 



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signed to teach people the skills to 
competently and confidently inter- 
vene with someone at risk fot sui- 
cide. The course is a two-day train- 
ing event divided into different 
learning methods; one day of work- 
book and PowerPoint education, 
and one day of hands-on role- 
playing. 

"The role-playing aspect of the 
training is very important," said 



Hefner. "I think it is a much more 
in-depth form of training and is 
more comprehensive than the an- 
nual GMT [general military training] 
the Navy is required to do." 

Hefner, with the help of other 
AS! ST instructors around the re- 
gion, will hold a training session 
J an. 22-23 at NSA Naples and J an. 
26-27 at Naval Air Station (NAS) 
Sigonella. Hefner hopes to expand 
the program to all installations in 
the regions. 



"Right now we have certified 
instructors at Naples, Sigonella and 
Souda Bay," said Hefner. "I hope 
that we can get a certified instruc- 
tor at every base in order to in- 
crease suicide awareness and de- 
velop a strong prevention pro- 
gram." 

Hefner added he is happy the 
Navy recognizes this program as a 
valuable tool because it is the most 
reliable and the most effective he 
has ever studied. 



Wounded Warriors, Other Gates Priorities to Continue in Next 
Administration 



By Donna Miles, American Forces 
Press Service 

WASHINGTON - Defense Sec- 
retary Robert M. Gates is pleased 
by "great progress" in improving 
care and support for wounded war- 
riors, but believes these develop- 
ments "are still not good enough" 
and plans to implement more, Pen- 
tagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell 
said Jan. 8. 

Morrell said the Jan. 20 admini- 
stration change won't deflect Gates' 
focus on key initiatives he champi- 
oned during the current administra- 
tion. These include getting more 
mine-resistant, ambush- protected 
vehicles and intelligence, surveil- 
lance and reconnaissance capabili- 
ties to warfighters and overhauling 
the acquisition and procurement 
system. 

But particularly high on his ra- 
dar screen, Morrell said, is im- 
proved care for wounded warriors. 
Problems at Walter Reed Army 
Medical Center arose just months 
after Gates assumed his post in 



December 2007, and he ordered an 
all-out overhaul of the system. 

"I think you will see this take 
even more of the secretary's time 
in the coming year -- years, what- 
ever it ends up being -- than even 
it has over the past couple of 
years," Morrell said. "And I can tell 
you, it's occupied a significant por- 
tion of his time." 

Gates "is not done in that 
realm," Morrell said. "He has many 
more things he wishes to accom- 
plish. He thinks we've made great 
progress but ...[believes it is] still 
not good enough. And so look for 
more in that realm." 

Another top Gates priority - 
getting more MRAPs to the combat 
theater - will continue into the next 
administration with an emphasis on 
getting more of the vehicles to Af- 
ghanistan, Morrell said. About 
1,100 MRAPs are currently in Af- 
ghanistan, and more of these as 
well as the new, lighter models are 
likely to be needed in the future, he 
said. 



Gates moved the MRAP program 
into high gear, creating the first 
major equipment procurement to 
go from concept to industrial pro- 
duction in less than a year. 

The MRAP program "is now al- 
most an institutionalized program," 
Morrell said. "And in fact, we have 
nearly built all the MRAPs that have 
been identified as needed." 

Similarly, Morrell said, the ISR 
effort will remain a top priority, al- 
though he conceded that with 
Gates' emphasis, it already has be- 
come "pretty well institutionalized." 
Gates announced in April that he 
had created a task force to give the 
ISR issue the same emphasis as the 
MRAP program. 

"My concern is that our services 
are still not moving aggressively in 
wartime to provide resources 
needed now on the battlefield," the 
secretary said during an April 
speech to Air War College students. 
"While we have doubled this capa- 

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Surgeon General's Column continued... 



(Continued from page 2) 

embracing unique individual perspectives, enhancing the 
potential for personal and professional growth, and en- 
couraging the contributions of all personnel. This is not 
just the job of Navy Medicine leadership, it is incumbent 
on every member of the Navy Medicine workforce to 
contribute to mission success. 

We should all actively foster work environments 
where people are valued, respected, and provided the 
opportunity to reach their full personal and professional 
potential. This is my responsibility and your responsibil- 
ity, and we all must take ownership of what we do to 
cultivate a diverse Navy Medicine team. 

We will continue to nurture diversity by: 

• Outreach - Navy Medicine leadership's educational 
and community outreach efforts embrace a wide va- 
riety of groups to stimulate an interest in careers 
with us. 

• Recruitment - We must all work together as a 
group to multiply our effectiveness in recruiting the 
best and brightest young people in the United 
States. It is important that we continue to work with 
the Navy Recruiting Command, Bureau of Medicine 
and Surgery corps recruiters, the Uniformed Ser- 
vices University of Health Sciences, and the Navy 



Diversity Directorate (N134) in this initiative. In order 
for people to learn about and become excited about 
Navy Medicine, we must go out to their communities 
and engage with them. 

• Mentoring - Navy Medicine leadership is responsible 
for developing the next cadres of diverse senior lead- 
ers throughout all corps. We need to support and ex- 
pand mentoring opportunities and create mentoring 
environments across Navy Medicine, beginning with 
the Surgeon General and cascading throughout the 
chain of command. 

• Retention - It is important to expand opportunities 
for our personnel. One way is through post-graduate 
and continuing education. Another way is to adopt 
work-life balance policies that meet Navy Medicine's 
needs and the needs of our personnel. 

Navy Medicine recognizes the shifting demographic 
realities in the United States, with the growing competi- 
tion among the military services and corporate America 
for talented personnel. With this in mind, the goal of the 
Navy Medicine Diversity Program is to ensure we attract, 
develop, and retain individuals whose contributions are 
valued, and respected and who have the right skills to 
allow Navy Medicine to meet the dual mission of Force 
Health Protection and taking care of our beneficiaries. 



Seabees Provide Medical Assistance in 
Romania 

By Builder 3rd Class Sherry Clark, Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 4 
Public Affairs 

SINOE, Romania - Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 
(NMCB) 4 renovated a nnedical clinic in the village of Sinoe, which opened its 
doors to the people on Dec. 11. 

The Seabees began the project in Septennber, renovating the concrete 
floors with new ceramic tiles and vinyl. They also installed plumbing, a sep- 
tic system and electricity, which the building did not have for more than 10 
years. All the windows and doors were replaced with new ones, and all the 
walls were repaired, sanded, and re-painted. In addition to the remodeling, 
the Seabees were able to get some furniture for the clinic to include desks, 
medical cabinets, beds, and other necessities for clinic. 

"This project was tough, and there were many things that had to be done 
in order to make it suitable for a medical clinic," said crew leader. Construc- 
tion Electrician 2nd Class (SCW) Neal Walker. "We completely renovated 
the building so the doctor has everything she needs!" 

The existing clinic was built in the late 1930's and was in dire need of 
maintenance. 

"The people here in Sinoe needed a clean, safe medical clinic available to 
them, and I am excited to be part of this project," Utilitiesman 3rd Class 
Devin Boyette said. 

The town Mayor, Gheorghe Grameni, and Constanta County Commis- 
sioner, Danut Culetu, attended the ceremony and were very satisfied with 
the final results. 

"There are over 1600 people living in Sinoe, a village with small eco- 
nomic power, and the village badly needed a clinic. There are poor people 
that cannot travel to get medical assistance. The clinic is equipped with eve- 
rything it needs now, a treatment ward... even a bedroom for the doctor," 
said the mayor. 

Daily the Seabees drove an hour to the project site and were able to ex- 
perience Romanian hospitality as neighbors brought the Seabees fries, 
chicken soup and fish. The locals were thrilled their clinic was being reno- 
vated. 

"It's a dream come true. I've been here for seven years, and even if I 
only come here for two days a week people have many problems, especially 
financial ones," said Nicoleta Craciun, the doctor of Sinoe village. "The lo- 
cals are poor, they don't have health insurance and is hard for me too, but 
they need to be examined. This clinic did not even have [electric] power, 
and the situation is different now." 




PERSIAN GULF 

Hospital Corpsman 
1st Class Elisha Man- 
ning performs a 
routine dental clean- 
ing aboard the multi- 
purpose amphibious 
assault ship USS Iwo 
Jima (LHD 7) Jan. 2. 
U.S. Navy photo by 
Mass Communication 
Specialist Seaman 
Chad R. Erdmann 




ICU Nurse Awarded Navy- 
Marine Corps Commendation 
IMedal 

By Mass Communications Spe- 
cialist 1^' Class (AW) Russ Tafuri 

PENSACOLA, Fla. - Naval Hos- 
pital (NH) Pensacola Nurse Lt. 
Charles L. Tolerjr., NC, was pre- 
sented the Navy and Marine 
Corps Commendation Medal at 
an awards ceremony Dec. 12 for 
meritorious service while serving 
as Inpatient Care Unit Nurse with 
the Fleet Surgical Team Seven 
unit assigned to Commander, 
Amphibious Force, U.S. Seventh 
Fleet out of Yokosuka, J apan. 

While forward deployed in sup- 
port of operational requirements, 
Toler was the sole critical care 
nurse supervising multiple inten- 
sive care nursing interventions 
for the Sailors and Marines of the 
Essex Amphibious Ready Group 
and 31st Marine Expeditionary 
Unit. His performance affected 
more than 400 inpatient stays in 
addition to providing enroute 
critical care for more 10 patients 
in austere conditions during 
emergency overwater helicopter 
medical evacuations. 

Toler joined the NH Pensacola 
nursing staff in the summer of 
2008. 




I Issued 
January IJ 

USS Abraham Lincoln Assists in IVIedevac At Sea 

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kat Corona, 
USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs 

USS ABRAHAM LI NCOLN, At Sea - USS Abraham 
Lincoln (CVN 72) assisted in a nnedical evacuation 
(MEDEVAC) fronn a Liberian-flagged merchant ship Dec. 
13, 2008, nearly 300 miles off the coast of Southern 
California. 

At approximately 9 p.m., Lincoln received word from 
the U.S. Coast Guard that a cargo ship, Marie Rickmers, 
issued a distress call of an injured Sailor on board who 
needed emergency medical attention. 

"We were told the [cargo] ship had an injured sailor 
and was over 600 miles off the coast," said Coast Guard 
Cmdr. Sean Cross, the helicopter pilot who performed 
the MEDEVAC. 

"We didn't think it would be able to happen because 
they were just too far away. Then we were told Lincoln 
was out there and we'd be able to use the ship." 

Lincoln was on its transit home to Naval Station 
Everett, Wash., after completing squadron carrier quali- 
fications off the coast of southern California when the 
call came in. 

Through coordination with Lincoln, Marie Rickmers 
and the U.S. Coast Guard, Lincoln was positioned be- 
tween the San Diego Coast Guard station and the cargo 
ship to act as a lily pad for the San Diego- based helicop- 
ter to refuel and expedite the MEDEVAC of the injured 
sailor. 

"We were told someone was down on the other ship 
and needed help," said Lincoln's Senior Medical Officer 
Cmdr. Benjamin Lee. "We contacted the ship's captain to 
find out the status of the patient." 

The Coast Guard helicopter landed on Lincoln's flight 
deck at about 1:30 a.m. to pick up a doctor and a hospi- 
tal corpsman and to be refueled before heading to the 
cargo ship for the rescue. 

"I was really impressed with Lincoln's crew on the 
[flight] deck," Cross said. "They had everything tied 
down and fueled quickly. There were some frustrations 
at first, with different hand signals and getting every- 
thing coordinated, but once everyone got on the phones 
and were able to talk it all came together quickly." 

At the cargo ship, the helicopter crew realized there 
was very little space for them to perform their hoists. 

Wounded Warriors continued... 



Page 6 



PACI FIC OCEAN - An injured merchant sailor from tiie Liberian cargo 
ship "Marie Ricl<mers" is loaded onto a Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin 
helicopter after receiving basic medical attention aboard the aircraft ■ 
carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Dec. 14, 2008. U.S. Navy | 
photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Robert A. 
Robbins 



"There were a lot of cranes and things on the deck 
that made dropping the hoists more difficult," Cross said. 

In all, the helicopter crew performed four total hoists. 
The rescue swimmer went first, followed by the litter, 
which held the injured sailor as he was lifted into the heli- 
copter. 

After the patient was packaged onto the back board 
and brought up to the deck of the cargo ship. Coast 
Guard Aviation Survival Technician 3rd Class Robyn Ham- 
ilton, the rescue swimmer on the helicopter, attached the 
back board to the hoist and the injured sailor was 
brought up into the helicopter where Lincoln's corpsman 
and doctor took over care. 

Hamilton was hoisted back into the helicopter and the 
crew began their journey back to Lincoln. 

After landing on Lincoln's flight deck. Health Services 
Department took over care of the patient, but had help 
from many different departments on the ship to get the 
patient down to main medical. 

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bility in recent months, it is still not 
good enough." 

That's changing, Morrell said. 
"There are now people who appreci- 
ate, as the secretary does, how im- 
portant this is to our warfighters," 
he said. "And so I think they are 
committed to seeing his vision 
through to reality." 



Gates will continue his efforts to 
improve defense acquisition and 
procurement while dealing with ma- 
jor budget issues, Morrell said. 

The next defense budget will go 
to Capitol Hill shortly after the 
Obama administration takes office. 
Other issues on the horizon include 
the Quadrennial Defense Review, a 
new National Defense Strategy and 
a new nuclear posture statement. 



"So there are a lot of budget 
and policy matters that are going to 
eat up a lot of his time, but have 
the potential to really impact the 
direction of this department for 
years to come," Morrell said. "I 
think you'll see, in the first several 
months of this administration, a 
great deal of the secretary's time 
devoted to dealing with those is- 
sues." 




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Navy Medicine Continues To Attract Diverse and Talented 
IVIedical Professionals 



Bureau of Medicine and Surgery 
Public Affairs Office 

WASHINGTON - People are 
Navy Medicine's most valuable as- 
set. By continuing to recruit and 
retain an innnnense cross-cultural 
dennographic of health care profes- 
sionals, Navy Medicine is seen as a 
successful leader in diversity within, 
and an example for, the Navy com- 
munity. 

"If Navy Medicine is to be fully 
successful, we must constantly 
strive to attract and retain the best 
people from all walks of life. If we 
expect to keep the talent we re- 
cruit, we must strategically commu- 
nicate and embrace the concepts of 
diversity to meet the professional 
aspirations of all our personnel and 
integrate diversity into the every- 
day culture of Navy Medicine," said 
Vice Admiral Adam M. Robinson J r., 
MC, Surgeon General of the Navy. 
"We must have an environment 
where those we attract receive in- 
centives, meaningful assignments, 
opportunities for professional 
growth and options for family sta- 
bility and a long term career." 

Diversity is a strategic impera- 



tive for Navy Medicine and critical 
to the enterprise's mission accom- 
plishment. With the shift in demo- 
graphic realities in the U.S., there is 
an ever-increasing competition 
among the services and the private 
sector for talented personnel. Navy 
Medicine's Diversity Program en- 
sures we attract, develop, and re- 
tain Sailors whose contributions are 
of the highest value and respected. 

"In support of the diversity stra- 
tegic imperative, we have formed 
the Navy Medicine Diversity Coun- 
cil. This council will continue to 
create new avenues of connecting 
with groups and communities to 
attract the best and brightest 
health care professionals to the 
Navy," said Cmdr. Victoria Wooden, 
Navy Medicine Special Assistant for 
Diversity. 

Wooden added," In order to re- 
cruit and retain the highest quality 
of talent, each member of Navy 
Medicine, at every rank and pay 
grade, must be his or her own 
leader in promoting and embracing 
what unique qualities and talents 
every one of us brings to this enter- 
prise. Each of us brings our own 
unique talents and skills to Navy 



Medicine and we must respect and 
appreciate the work our fellow team 
members do for our beneficiaries." 

The goal of the Diversity Pro- 
gram is to ensure Navy Medicine 
will remain the medical organization 
of choice for those committed to 
culturally competent health care. 
Also, Navy Medicine will sustain a 
high quality work-live environment 
in which our diverse workforce 
represents all persons at all levels 
of leadership. 

To ensure this success, all Navy 
Medicine personnel will continue to 
contribute to mission success and 
will actively foster work environ- 
ments where all Navy Medicine per- 
sonnel are valued, respected, and 
provided the opportunity to reach 
their fill personal and professional 
potential. 

Navy Medicine provides the 
health care for our service mem- 
bers, families and veterans of this 
great nation both on the home 
front, aboard, ships, and the front 
lines. It is because of the diversity 
of life experiences that we continue 
to cultivate the greatest medical 
staff for Navy Medicine. 





he Hidden Casualties of War: ivioving to Solutions 
2nd Deployment Mental Health Symposium 

May 7 - 8 

University of West Florida (UWF) Center for Fine and Performing Arts 

11000 University Parkway, Building 82 

Pensacola, Florida 32514 

$185 Early Registration (Through Feb 1, 2009) 

$205 Regular Registration (Feb 2 - May 1, 2009) 

$60 Full-time Student Registration (documentation must be provided) 

The University of West Florida's Center for Applied Psychology (CAP) and the Naval Hospital Pensacola's Deploy- 
ment Health and Wellness Center are proud to host a second Deployment Mental Health symposium that is 
structured to assist with promoting healing and resiliency for US Service members and their families. 

The 2-day event will include tools and strategies to assist providers in diagnosing and treating trauma and 

stress that occur during and after the deployment cycle. 

The Deployment Mental Health symposium is recommended for community-based mental health professionals, 
government and uniformed health care providers, and all others who have an interest in deployment mental or 

behavioral health. 



For more information, visit 



Continuing Education Credits 12 hours - CE/CME 

for updates, registration information 
and scheduled speakers. 




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Navy Medicine West Welcomes First Babies in 2009 



By Sonja Hanson, Navy Medicine West and Naval Medical 
Center San Diego Public Affairs Office 

SAN DIEGO- Navy Medicine West (NMW) celebrates 
2009 newborns from San Diego to J apan. 

The first baby born in 2009 at Naval Medical Center 
San Diego was Gavin J anneson Rea. He arrived Thurs- 
day, Jan. 1, 2009, at 9:15 a.nn. Pacific Standard Time 
(PST), weighed 7 lb. 15 oz. and measured 21 inches in 
length. Proud parents. Marine Sgt. Nathan and Jessica 
Rea are natives of Bakersfield, Calif. Nathan is currently 
assigned to Marine Wing Support Squadron 372 at Camp 
Pendleton Marine Corps Base. This is the first child for 
the Rea's. Mother and baby are both doing fine. 

Naval Hospital Lemoore is proud to announce the 
arrival of 2009's first baby girl, Priscilla Colette Crusing. 
Crusing arrived at 5:01 p.m. PST on Jan. 1, 2009, 
weighed 9 lbs. 5 oz. and 21 inches long. Parents Avia- 
tion Electronics Technician 1st Class John Crusing and 
his wife Keishawn are assigned to the stands for Center 
for Naval Aviation Technical Training Unit (CNATTU) in 
route to VFA-115 Naval Air Station, Lemoore, Calif. 

Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton welcomed their first 
baby of 2009 on Jan. 1 at 4:32 a.m. PST, weighing in at 
6 lbs. 11 oz. andl7.5 inches in length. Ian Juaquin 
Guerrero was born to Marine Corps Sgt. Jose Guerrerolo- 
pez of McAllen, Texas and Heather Guerrero of Mont- 
gomery, Ala. Ian is the couple's first child. Guerrerolo- 
pez has been in the Marine Corps for more than seven 
years and is currently assigned to 1st Battalion, 5th Ma- 
rine Regiment, 1st Marine Division. Both mother and 
baby are doing well. 

Naval Hospital Bremerton began the New Year with 
the arrival of the first baby born at Northwest Begin- 
nings Family Birth Center in 2009. Proud parents, Lisa 
and Master-at-Arms 2nd Class David T. Vally celebrated 
the birth of their daughter, Kayla Fumiko, who was born 
Jan. 1, 2009 at 12:04 a.m. PST, weighed 8 lbs, 11 oz. 



and measured 16 inches in length. Vally is currently sta- 
tioned at the Naval Base Kitsap Bangor Security Detach- 
ment. Kayla is the Vally family's first child. Both mother 
and baby are doing well. 

Naval Hospital Guam and proud parents. Construction 
Mechanic 2nd Class Mark and Cherie Vieira welcomed the 
birth of their daughter, Abigail Vieira, who was born J an. 
1, 2008 at 8:25 a.m., weighed 7 lbs., 12 oz. and meas- 
ured 20 inches in length. Mark is currently stationed at 
Mobile Security Squadron SEVEN (MSS-7), Naval Base 
Guam. Abigail is the Vieira family's first child. Both 
mother and baby are doing well. 

The first baby born in 2009 at U.S. Naval Hospital 
Okinawa was Kaira Renee Andrews, a baby girl born 
Thursday, Jan. 1, 2009 at 4:32 a.m. Japan Standard 
Time (J ST) to Air Force Staff Sgt. Daniel and Staci An- 
drews. Kaira weighed 9 lb. 7.3 oz. and measured 21 
inches in length. Daniel Andrews is currently assigned to 
the 0353^^^ Maintenance Squadron at Kadena Air Base. 
Kaira has two brothers, Quinn, 9, and Corbin, 5. Mother 
and baby are both doing fine. 

The first baby born at U.S. Naval Hospital Yokosuka in 
2009 is the son of Information System Technician 2nd 
Class Bickiana Patton and Information System Technician 
2nd Class Dawayne Patton. The new parents proudly 
welcomed their son, Davian Patton, at 8:08 p.m. on Jan. 
1, 2009. Davian weighed 8 pounds, 10 ounces. Bickiana 
is assigned to U.S. Naval Hospital Yokosuka, Japan and 
the Dawayne is stationed on the USS McCampbell (DDG 
85), Commander Fleet Activities, Yokosuka, Japan. Da- 
vian is the Pattons' first child. Mother and baby are all 
doing well. 



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from the flight deck to main medi- 
cal through various weapons eleva- 
tors. 

"It was great to see all the co- 
operation with the different depart- 
ments on the ship," Lee said. 
"Everyone played a small role in the 
bigger picture. From Weapons 
[Department] to the flight deck 
crew, everyone knew their part." 

Once with in main medical, Lin- 
coln's doctors and corpsman stabi- 
lized the patient and prepared him 
for the next leg of his journey to 
shore. 

The members of the helicopter 



crew perform three to four 
medevacs each month, but never 
as far from shore as this one. 

"We're not specifically designed 
for this, but the corpsman are 
trained for emergency care," said 
Senior Chief Hospital Corpsman 
Donald Singleton, Lincoln's Health 
Services Department leading chief 
petty officer. 

The patient was transported via 
Coast Guard C-130 cargo plane to a 
medical facility in San Diego the 
following afternoon to receive fol- 
low-on care as Lincoln and its crew 
set sail back toward home. 



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